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So, you know, just talk to us about your journey playing basketball, and when did that all start about like I want to say, like second grade I was playing.
I was actually at a church camp and I always played football and I was at a church camp and this guy was like, Hey, man, you're pretty tall, like, um, come by.
That's all with them.
And I was like, It was pretty later, the church game getting ready to get picked up, and then his mom started talking to me.
My dad can pick me up, and then I guess they exchanged numbers.
I played a tournament with them that weekend, and then we played this one team.
Well, we played.
We played this one team and then my dad really liked that coach.
So humans go talk to that coach.
We played with them for a while, and then other than that, we play.
I play with this team here in San Antonio, San Antonio Fire since, like, third grade all the way.
I still play with them here and there now.
But we played with them.
And then we started playing well, competitively, competitively and going to Houston, Dallas, Louisiana, went to Florida and then kind of getting a name for ourselves a little bit.
And then Houston, who is kind of like how I played.
And then so therefore I start playing accusing hoops and then yeah, and are either of those teams than any big circuit.
So there's kind of, you know, an independent team.
Uh, Santonio fires independent, But Houston, who is on the circuit? So they're Nike.
But you're like you're complying with both, right? Well, yeah.
User groups more now, just because, like, the name and how like the eyes they have on them is just a lot better squad.
But if I'm not playing with them just to keep playing to stay in the game, I stay here with center fire.
And I mean, are you kind of trying toe put that San Antonio fire program on the map because, you know, it's just a well known guy now, so that kind of maybe a little bit of Golders.
That's what I've always wanted to do.
As as I was little.
I kind of like I see a lot of people, like a lot of friends of mine from other teams, like teaming up making like another team.
But like, I've always like, kind of like, wanted to stay home.
Wanted to, like, stay here in San Antonio.
But maybe I would I would love to put them on the map.
Andi, I know you are really tall.
You kind of mentioned that earlier in the beginning of the interview.
So it's basketball.
Is that maybe come easy to you just since, uh, you're so you're so tall? Yeah, I would say easy, But then there's a lot more stuff like just being tall, like to be able to be good at basketball or be able to, like, just do stuff in basketball because a lot of people think like, Oh, you're tall, you must be good But like there's some talk kids that we played again so that we've seen that aren't just aren't coordinated or they aren't like, as good Just because you could tell like they've never even touched a basketball until like this year or stuff like that.
And, uh, soon says, some of those tall guys aren't good.
I mean, what makes you such a good, such a good big man? Honestly, Well, I take a lot of pride in my defense just because, like, I've always I've always done that and just because, like some shots when it falls sometimes, so I'd be like, Oh, I gotta go do this under on the defense have been kind of help my team win.
But on the offensive end, I just kind of I don't know, my feet work that things really good.
That's a lot of people tell me that my feet work and finish around the rim.
So but, yeah, I feel like if I have a great if I started having a great defense game out for sure have a great offensive game because defense kind of gets me going.
And since you know you mentioned defense eyes, maybe this guy like Taco faulty, have a baseball game off of him.
I know he's kind of, Ah, pretty good blocker.
I think, because he's so tall, Do you ever try to play like him? Sometimes I really don't watch him like that, But But, yeah, he's a pretty good shot. Bucker.
I kind of like a young rookie. Jackson.
Hes e feel like he's playing good and it's a real good shot blocker, and I kind of see it some of my game in his game.
Yeah, I like him, too.
Oh, yeah, I want to ask you.
I mean, that was very I was expecting a no, because I don't think any guys ever cited basically giving off Taco Fall.
But I don't think I see my game is at all.
And how have you ever maybe seen Jackson? Hes I'll play before you know.
Since he played in Texas or at Texas? No, I never got to see him at u T.
I just seen them ever since.
Like, he kind of got drafted.
I blew up here in Texas.
Uh, my mom actually sent it to me.
He's like when he first got a Texas like, Hey, this guy looks pretty good.
And I just been following number since.
And he just like the way he plays, There's games will notice.
And, you know, being a center, like even even last week was at this event, I kinda posted a picture like this, Big man, you know, given assistant other big man.
So I go big, too big, and the guy already posting, he goes and he goes, like, whatever the little like, star MARK thing, and then he goes guard to guard or whatever.
So I feel like just so many big guys, they don't really wanna be called, you know, center or powerful.
The hours all we called guards now because that's kind of the games turned into.
But, I mean, you told me.
He said, Yeah, I play center and I play power forward.
So, um, do you really take a lot of pride and being a big man Or do you do you may be wish that you'll you'll be able to transfer to even more of a guard like playing style.
Well, I was gonna take pride of being a big man and just being being able to battle down there in the post, cause like, yeah, we're always gonna have those little guys little guard, But you don't see a lot of hype here and there.
So it's kind of it's kind of fun also being a big man because you get a battle down low, you get more contact in the guards and stuff like that, and you wanna ask the question, maybe maybe living on the negative side of things.
But what has been your toughest basketball game? Toughest game? Um, probably, I don't know, a couple of games you circuit that just come down to the wire like I couldn't tell you like an exact game.
But there's been a couple of games that, like came down to the wire or that, like shots weren't falling for me, and I was just, like, kind of I wasn't getting frustrated, but I was kind of like getting you outside of getting a little frustrated and, yeah, so there's sometimes you just have those off games, but it doesn't.
It won't really affect me that much.
And how are you kind of able to handle all those tough games that you mentioned honestly after the game? Kind of talk to nobody, even like when my parents taught me, I kind of just telling my music and kind of just, like, refocus myself or Oh, I like text my older brother and be like man, see how I play? I play that good and he'll throw some stuff in there for me.
But honestly, I just kind of like trying to let that game go.
And if we're playing like more in the tournament, then I'll kind of focus on that next game or try to like.
I didn't play good this game.
Let me let me get it back this game.
Does your older brother play basketball as well? Hey, play basketball here.
He's more of a football player, but he loves basketball, loves watching it, but yeah, he already graduated, but he's a That's my God, Uh and you kind of let me to a question that I wanna ask it wasn't on my list, but, you know, just with the football, I mean, you told me that you were playing football in the beginning.
Are you still kind of getting a pressure that, like, you know, every once in a while like, Hey, man, we need you to try for football teams? That's no.
Football is so popular.
So that may be happening.
Maybe once every month.
You know, someone always reaches out for you to play football.
Well, not like every month, but like a couple of my buddies at the school, like my best friend Jalen.
He plays a cornerstone, and he's good to me.
He always makes jokes like, Hey, man, let's go out, Let's go there Football.
Uh, but like our school is real big on football, like they have a pretty solid football team.
But yeah, people joke here, and they're like, Hey, man, come step out on the football field to get stuff like, sometimes I'll miss it because it's like you see it and it's it's football, football, football, man.
Everybody loves to watch it, and and, uh so, yeah, it's fun.
I mean, I would wanna go play it again but now, then I wouldn't.
But yeah, I love to watch it, though.
And if you did play football, what position would you be when I was little, I played water receiver and quarterback.
So I feel like I could go college, stepped back into their And I know a guy being Anthony Black.
I know that he plays both sports, so I maybe maybe gels and him at all.
Hey, you know, he's out there living the best life being a stunning both sports.
And I'm just kind of focusing on basketball how you're gonna be thought of, you know, maybe being a dual sport athlete.
Well, yeah, came through my mind.
But then, obviously, like, I feel like he has a lot on his plate, too, because I know Anthony blacks great in both sports, he's seen both of his stuff going on.
But yeah, I feel like it's kind of good focusing on one sport because you don't have to, like, go over here and then go over here.
And they have that, like, kind of like situation going to football basketball? Kinda, because I know like a lot of football players that come and play a cornerstone in basketball, they kind of like they say it's a lot different everything.
But I feel like it's kind of good focusing on one sport because you're doing that all year around and you get a train and train and transport.
And besides, you just mentioned is that maybe any other factor that makes you just want to focus on one sport over the other.
Well, just just being in that sport all year round and just having fun with it.
I mean, obviously you gonna play in the summertime and get to go meet new people.
But like with football, you would have those summer camps get to stay.
You have to stay here, like in San Antonio at that school, so on.
Are you planning on playing basketball in Texas for all four, I guess, for the rest of your high school career.
You know, for those 33 more seasons already may be thinking of transferring out, you know, maybe going toe more nationally recognized school.
Instead, I feel like I want to stay here in Texas.
Honestly, but you never know what it takes you to.
So yeah, I feel like I was going to stay here and you know, is it may be any chance he made his transfer schools.
So another school in Texas may be a more powerhouse school.
You think? You know, I guess to San Antonio, era is a place for you.
Like a place for me, Honestly.
But just like I said, we'll have to see what what plays into? Something kind of like where I'm at a cornerstone right now.
And you might be the first guy that I've talked to from San Antonio.
Is there anything special about about San Antonio? Maybe in terms of basketball or just how things are there in general, I feel like basketball really great down here.
I mean, well, I feel like we still have a lot of underrated players here in San Antonio because, you know, when you think of Texas and you think of basketball, you're obviously you're gonna think Houston, Dallas.
But I feel like we have a lot of guys that could go here in San Antonio, and I feel like some of our people in our class can put kind of San Antonio on the map that we're gonna be coming like one of the best possible cities here in Texas.
And what I guess some of those guys said they're gonna put Antonio now.
But you know, besides yourself, who are those guys but named Zeta him Jalen And a lot of the hard work guys? Honestly, they have a couple of good guys.
And then there's just a lot of annoying names in San Antonio also to that are just they're just good and they're rial.
I feel like Santonio is a real defensive defensive city.
Like a lot of people like to drop play defense.
Well, you say a lot of the hard work guys are pretty good.
Yeah, well, they just come out of jail.
Three out of Houston, Not not what it is like a team.
Yeah, Yeah, they're in the under armor circuit, but they just went This team called jail three. That's a Nike circuit.
They just combined it.
But a lot of those guys you could go, okay? And I know the San Antonio Spurs have a pretty, uh, pretty good culture over there.
You know, maybe that NBA team affect the way all you guys playing or not really a.
But still, I felt like Yeah, they have a lot of culture and the young guys do a lot of guys look up to them and, you know, kind of like that's rnb 18 years.
So, like, we kind of like when a model, some stuff after that.
How come nobody You said Nobody in the area.
I really like your hometown team.
Why is that the case? I just feel like we always growing up and like watching other players are like Since we were always like on Social Media.
We always watch those high school players like transition to college and then go to the MBA.
So we kind of like follow them to the N b A team on, Uh, just when do you start getting into the high school basketball scenes and said, You know, you followed up a few high school guys into the N B A and kind of watch them like that? Well, obviously, like ball his life and slamming all them post all their highlights.
And then, like just going on YouTube, trying to kill time, watching mix tapes and stuff like that.
Man, I like this guy, man.
What? What is it that I'm gonna go watch him here.
I'm gonna watch him there.
So they just kind of just kind of going on there and just following him.
I like Michael Porter.
I used to watch him when I was, like, 1/7 grade all the time watching the little highlight videos before, Like, a tournament.
Or like, just to kill time in school.
Yeah, uh, that sounds awesome.
And, um, you know, when did your recruiting process start for you? We'll start really heavy to summer.
Beginning of it, Like, kind of like during the quarantine.
Like I remember when I got the first offer.
Oklahoma State. I just got out of practice.
My dad said, Hey, I need it right after you get described as I need you to call me.
I was getting ice and then I want to go to my buddies truck because he was taking me and, uh, my dad and then Oklahoma State coach was on there, and then organization director of use of food was on the phone.
And then he talked to me and he told me to offer me and it kind of didn't feel real, though, so but yeah, this summer.
It was really It was really big or really started really big this summer.
So you said that first offer didn't feel riel.
Yeah, I didn't at all like it kind of took a few days to settle in like I was like, Dude, I like in my head.
I was like, Man, I really just got offered like, that's crazy.
Like I've always wanted that since I was little, like just going to play doubts about the next level.
And then that's just, like, one step closer to be able to do that.
And why do they kind of took you so long to make that realization just because, like, I feel like I've been working so hard and it just didn't like those things like that just don't feel riel like you've been working so hard for it, and you kind of just get it like and it just felt like So I want to say I felt so normal.
But it felt like, man, I really just did that, like, wow, like, just because I just got a packed that's not expecting it at all.
That was crazy for sure.
And, uh, how have you been able to communicate with some of those schools.
Since you are in the class of 2023 we'll just call him like having my dad on the phone.
Because or if I'm not with my dad, having my dad on the phone having Houston Group's director, then having that coach or that recruiter on the phone, uh, so just be able to talk to them on the phone.
But if not, then I'm with my dad on his phone and we're all kind of like in a three way a two week off.
And so is that kind of because I know like, you know, those big group zooms even in these.
But, you know, I was talking to somebody one on one E.
I feel like it's so kind of hard to communicate, because I just think you never know when they're gonna stop talking like I've cut off a guy a few times and all that, but I mean, you know, those those conversations that we get a little difficult since you know there's, like, four of you one phone call for you on phone call.
Yeah, well, sometimes when there's like when we first joined in.
There's a lot of background noises or stuff like that, because sometimes my dad would be at work or the director will be somewhere, but sometimes kind of hard to hear.
But then, after what you get later into the call, then you could start hearing a lot better because everybody kind of listening and that coaches talking, You're talking.
Yeah, kind of clears up.
And, uh, do you maybe know where schools have been reaching out to you the most? Reaching out to me the most.
I know Island has been reaching out a lot, and that's just my most recent one.
But yeah, they showed a lot of love.
Oklahoma State, What on Twitter and everything there, people.
So a lot of love.
And they I had people like posting the websites like websites posted like Oklahoma State is just offered big big man cakes to the choice of three.
And that that was kind of like, wow, it really happened to me because, like, I remember waking up the next morning getting ready to go to practice, and I see, like my Twitter, like, had a lot of notifications and I was like, man, and then I clicked the links and there was like three or four links at Oklahoma State.
Like, kind of like recruiters are not recruiters, like people who have oversee the offers and everything like that, like, kind of like big names, sports, thanks over the Oklahoma State like heroin, little articles or what they know about me.
And I was like, Wow, that's crazy.
Like, you don't really like to see that too often, but yeah, and I mean, how crazy was that? You know, seeing your name in all those articles and on all those websites on all those articles website.
It was kind of crazy because, like, it's different from like being in like, a little tournament right up like this is the whole college and people are going to see it like, Well, people are going to see the little tournament ones do.
But like it's like, this is a college like this is like like a lot of fan base is like a lot of fans of they are going to see that and read that like That's crazy and with the Iona's.
So that means that you were talking about Rick Pitino and all that I talked to Ricky Jones, the assistant, but I think my dad talkto Rick Pitino.
My mom, my dad kind of freaked out because they're like, Man, that's Rick Pitino.
That's a legendary coach.
And I was kind of just like, Yeah, like, Yeah, because it's still like, once I could offer it kind of doesn't hit me at first.
It kind of hits me like later that day or when I go to sleep, because it just like still, it still doesn't feel really, even when I get them.
I'm really just like the first offer was like, That's after every offer.
You kind of have that same reaction like, you don't really realize how big a big of a deal is until maybe a few days after a few hours later.
Yeah, I kind of wanna have some kind of like myself when I'm not here.
People like then that's when it gets thinking like, Man, I really just got another offer or man, this coach, we reached out to me.
That's crazy, like you hear these big name coaches like when you were little like growing up or watching them hearing them on TV and stuff like that.
But so now that the reaching out, it's kind of crazy, It's still like, doesn't it? Doesn't feel real.
And then you just say, You know, like when I'm not near a lot of people.
I guess when you get offers, like do they just kind of happen whenever, like, it's kind of unpredictable, like you Maybe, you know, at the Basque I like watching a football game of your friends, and all of a sudden you pick up an offer.
Do they kind of usually happen? I guess.
Not like same time of day, but just, like, are they kind of predictable when I'm like Mike, come or is it kind of unpredictable, Like you never know what we're gonna be, what you're gonna be doing when you're Stephen offer.
You could be at a party and you get, like, an off or something like that.
E takes my dad e We're gonna call you here, but you like a phone call set up for it.
But like Oklahoma State, one like, to me, it was like out of the blue, like I had just got out of practice, just got my ice and were literally in a target parking lot going to target, like from one of my buddies who was getting like, some body armor at the first house.
And I was like, my dad was like, Hey, the Oklahoma State coaches right here on the phone.
And I was like, What? And then he was like, Yeah, he's like, just listen up.
And then I was listening.
And then when I when I got the offer, I was like, but like a lot of them, they're not.
I wouldn't say they're predictable, but yeah, they're just kind of all over the place.
Like I've gotten different times of the day.
Yeah, they're not really predictable, but kind of like they usually always happen when you know, I guess you're with your dad or your kind of with, uh and adults like that, like you're not just kinda, you know, wherever.
Then you got to pick up the phone and just getting offer like that.
That's not really how it works, right? Yeah, Not really.
Well, like sometimes because my dad works a lot.
So, like, sometimes all, you know, like we were the buddy, because we'll be going back and forth and practice.
And then my dad would be like, Hey, like, pick up the phone or, like, text me like, Hey, this coach is gonna call it this time and like I was like, Okay, so I can kind of like Now get ready, get ready for the call, like make sure my readers on so I don't miss the call.
And do you maybe have any idea where schools are going to be offering you at any time soon? All right.
And what sorts of things are you looking for in a school? Just a place that feels like calling within a good basketball program and a coach That kind of just pushes me so like my best amount abilities and stuff like that, because I feel really good, and it just makes me kind of get the best player out of me.
That's awesome, man.
What goals do you have for yourself? Goals.
My goals is just to kind of have a good high school season this year, you know? Well, great high school.
Just have a great high school career, have a great high school season, Uh, honestly, go play at the next level just kind of go through myself like points and then blocks and just having, like, good numbers, putting up good numbers at this level and then the next level also just having a great AU summer and, you know, just kind of going out there and being able to who've every game and it's Texas have any sort of plan for what's all going down this season or is it all kind of up in a question? It's a private school and we're kind of independent.
So we play whoever we have our like kind of our schedule set.
But like I know a lot of like the public schools.
I know they're starting kind of later, but we start November 13th is our first game at ESO.
That should be a good thing.
You know, all the any point.
Do you traveling to Florida, Georgia at some point or, you know, all in Texas.
I know they're trying to get a game over there because I know the coach said something in Atlanta or he's trying to get something over there because they're trying to travel a little more and to get a little more games on our schedule.
but yeah, I'm actually Well, I live in South Florida, but yeah, because I really got to start getting out of my area.
You know, like traveling far.
So, uh, why so? I mean, if there's, like, any game someone gets, you know, where I lived till, like, Atlanta, Max? Like, I'm gonna try my best talk, have a team, like, get me to go over there.
So that's why I have tow Have to ask.
Yeah, for sure, for sure.
And before in the show is anything you want to plug or anybody wanna shout out? No, look. Good.
Manages my mom, my dad and my my family.
I couldn't really do anything without that, but it's my biggest support system.
Oh, you know, I realized because I saw you know, your user name, your user names.
You know, on this app, it's Kendrick d 24.
Then on on I g you know, it's k j d dot to 240.0.4.
So I saw, you know, you were the number 24.
I mean, because Brian and, uh, it's gonna be hard for to get such a popular number.
Well, not that I wouldn't say really hard because a lot of people, kind of.
I wouldn't say they overlook it, but a lot of people kind of had their numbers What they got when they were little.
And I was like, one of my first numbers.
I got well, when I was playing football always wanted seven.
But then kind of when I transitioned like Tabasco.
I kind of really didn't see nobody getting seven.
And then I was like, 24 was open and I was like, Man, yeah, I'm gonna get 24 I got 24 then kind of like saying like, That's when Kobe started getting out of his thing.
And then I was like, Yeah, it's like, 24.
I, like that number, will stick with him.
Yeah, that sounds awesome.
Why do you wanna be number seven about it? Because, you know, it kind of stands for a touchdown an extra point or just like a lot of quarterbacks headed a lot of quarterbacks at it, and I was just like, man, it looks like a cool number on the quarterback.
That's cool like that.
I want to get that.
I didn't really know better after lying ways, you know? Thank you for taking the time toe.
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